I believe, very much, in the power of competition to produce lower-cost, higher-quality, and innovative components. But competition is easily stymied through lock-in via "franchise" standards. Open standards are necessary to eliminate lock-in and bring to everyone the advantages of competition: lower cost, higher quality, and greater innovation.
But our freedoms can only be preserved, and theses benefits can only be extended, to the extent that everyone has access to the Internet, without impediment, and at the lowest possible cost. Just as we should be free to choose our newspapers, radio stations and political parties, we should be able to choose how we log on to the Internet, and the tools we use to interact there. For the less advantaged, this should be achievable at the lowest possible cost.